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Pre-Race: Breaking News 8
Tue, 4 November 2014 at 01:00
The ship has left the Drake Passage and competitors are enjoying calmer waters as they get their final sleep before they get to step onto Antarctica for the first time tomorrow for Stage 1 of The Last Desert 2014.

The website has been updated from the Drake Passage.

Read about the two days at sea in the Pre-Race Update
http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates.

View 45 new photos of ship life, high seas and preparation for the start of the race
http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/photos-42-0.

Read new blog entries from Ralph Crowley, Asger Bech-Thomsen and George Chmiel: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs.
Pre-Race: Breaking News 7
Mon, 3 November 2014 at 17:33
Competitors have spent the day preparing their gear for Stage 1, which begins tomorrow around 8 am. Competitors received a mandatory briefing on the strict Antarctic treaty guidelines including how to handle the wildlife and sensitive flora in Antarctica. Competitors learned that penguins always have the right of way. Tomorrow's stage is scheduled to take place in a brand new location called Half Moon Bay and should be around 6 or 7 hours. Megan Stewart of New Zealand summed up the feeling of most competitors when she said "I am ready, I just want to get started now. The whole experience has been life-changing for sure."
Pre-Race: Breaking News 6
Sun, 2 November 2014 at 23:00
Competitors spent the day rolling with the waves. Overall, there are fewer competitors with sea sickness this year. Many competitors were surprised by the "luxurious" nature of the expedition ship. The management team has been meeting with the expedition leader preparing for the first stage. It's looking to be very windy and the first stage may have to be changed to a more sheltered location. Overall, spirits are very high on the ship.
Pre-Race: Breaking News 5
Sun, 2 November 2014 at 10:30
At 10:30 on Sunday, 2 November (Ushuaia time) the expedition ship Plancius is 700 kilometers / 430 miles away from the first destination, King George
island. The estimated arrival time is just after midnight on Tuesday, 4 November.



The ship has been cruising through the night at a speed of 11 knots across the Drake Passage. The higher swell started at about midnight
and is currently around 4-5 meters, which is smaller than expected. The temperature
is 4C with winds averaging 30 knots per hour.



Competitors are looking good and are happy having experienced their
first night on board their home for the next 10 days.



Japanese competitor Etsuji Otsuka said "I slept very well. I like the boat, it's very comfortable." He is most looking forward to seeing the penguins.



There are dolphins currently swimming around the port side of the ship, and large Albatrosses (with 3 meter wing spans) and a variety of
other seabirds flying around.



Competitors will spend today relaxing, socializing and listening to lectures by experts on the wildlife and history of Antarctica.



The blog posts continue to be written and added to the website. The latest to be added are from Asger Bech-Thomsen from Denmark, Linh Huynh from Canada and Etsuji Otsuka.



http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs

Pre-Race: Breaking News 4
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 16:00
The Last Desert (Antarctica) is underway as the expedition ship set sail from Ushuaia on Saturday, 1 November at 16:00 local time, sailing for two and half days through the Beagle Channel, Drake Passage and Antarctic waters to arrive at King George Island where Stage 1 is planned to be 100 kilometers starting on Tuesday, 4 November.



The pre-race stage update is on the website and includes quotes from Grand Slammer Atul Patki, Team Corre 1Km+ from Spain, the favourite for the female division Isis Breiter and old timer Bruce Walker who has not done a race since 2009.


http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates



Pre-race photos of the competitor reunions in Ushuaia, the pre-race briefing, boarding the expedition ship and the first moments on board the ship are also on the website now:


http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/photos-42-0

Pre-Race: Breaking News 3
Fri, 31 October 2014 at 04:00
Just one day until the 69 competitors head for Antarctica. The staff and competitors have been reuniting from around the globe. The favourite to win the woman's cateogry is Isis Breiter from Mexico who has been in the region for a few days getting acclimitised to the cold. Others spotted around Ushuaia yesterday include George Chmiel from United States, Beatriz Camiade from Mexico, David Barnard from South Africa, Shigeru Watanabe from Japan and Linh Huynh from Canada. Top seed, double Olympian, Chema Martinez is en route together with Team 1km+ from Spain. Tomorrow they will all meet for a briefing before boarding the expedition ship that will be their home for the next 10 days. www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert
Pre-Race: Breaking News 2
Tue, 21 October 2014 at 09:00
There are just 11 days until 68 competitors will board the expedition ship, Plancius to start the crossing of the Drake Passage to the Antarctic peninsular and mainland for 6th edition of The Last Desert where they will race in the most pristine environment among unique ice formations and wildlife.

The 68 competitors are representing 27 countries with the most represented being Japan followed by Spain and the United Kingdom and then China. There are 20 people aiming to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam and 45 people in total who will join the 4 Deserts Club on completion of the race.

http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/competitors
Pre-Race: Breaking News 1
Mon, 13 May 2013 at 08:00
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Stage 1: Breaking News 6
Wed, 5 November 2014 at 00:00
STAGE 1 RESULTS, STAGE UPDATE AND BLOGS ARE ON THE WEBSITE.

Read a summary of the stage on Deception Island, see all the results and find out what the competitors thought - 22 people are writing blogs to give first hand reports of their experiences. Photos will follow soon.

STAGE UPDATE: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates

RESULTS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/results

BLOGS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs


Competitors are all sleeping / resting in their cabins as the expedition ship sails towards the location for Stage 2 which is planned to be at Damoy Point on Wiencke Island.
Stage 1: Breaking News 5
Tue, 4 November 2014 at 19:11
Stage 1 is now complete with Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez or ""Chema"" the first to cross the finish line after approximately 7 hours. The weather fluctuated from overcast to sunny all day. The wind continued to increase throughout the afternoon creating problems for the zodiacs to transport competitors back to the ship. Zodiacs are the small inflatable boats that are used extensively in the Antarctica. Bruce Walker of Scotland ran with a stuffed penguin on his head until he found the wind made it unbearable and packed away his penguin to sleep. Bruce Walker said "I had a great day but I will be really disappointed if I don't come in last place."" Shigeru Watanabe of Japan said "It was a really nice day, and the best thing I saw was the penguins in the seals." Frederic Asseline of France said ""It was a good day, and dry until the end. (referring to the wet zodiac ride). The stage was run on Deception Island, a volcanic Island in Antarctica. Full results, including the women's and team leader will be posted soon.
Stage 1: Breaking News 4
Tue, 4 November 2014 at 14:45
Stage 1 of The Last Desert (Antarctica) is now over half way. Five hours into the stage Spain's Chema Martinez Fernandez is still keeping the lead but American Ralph Crowley is just a few minutes behind. In third place is Poland's Andrzej Gondek. Isis Breiter from Mexico is currently the leading woman. Although it's windy, the sun is out showing an amazing array of colours of the Deception island and the surrounding sea. New Zealand's Megan Stewart said "I am absolutely loving this" when she stopped for a water break. Hong Kong's Kilias Hung stopped for a short break to enjoy his freeze dried lunch before moving on. Competitors have seen various birds as well as seals and have penguins as their loyal spectators as they make their way through Stage 1.
Stage 1: Breaking News 3
Tue, 4 November 2014 at 11:07
All sixty nine competitors began today's Stage 1 around 9:45 am on Deception Island. Wildlife surrounds the competitors who are facing 40 mile an hour winds and sunny skies. Competitors are expected to run 6 or 7 hours today. The Spaniard Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez leads the field followed closely by American Ralph Crowley. American George Chmiel wanted to send a message to his father who is having surgery today: "Dad, we are both Boston Strong today."
Stage 1: Breaking News 2
Tue, 4 November 2014 at 07:00
Competitors awoke early to the news that the initial Stage 1 had been changed (yet again) due to high winds. Stage 1 is now taking place on Deception Island with a long day of running planned. George Chmiel from the United States arrived at breakfast bright eyed saying Īt is the first day I have slept since boarding the ship -- I slept five hours and feel great." Competitors all seem so excited to have finally seen land and are about to encounter their first penguins. There is a stinging cold feeling in the air with partly cloudy skies. The course team have already departed by zodiac boats to the shore to set the first course and The Last Deserts 2014 is about to begin.​
Stage 1: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 1 will be posted in November 2014.
Stage 2: Breaking News 4
Thu, 6 November 2014 at 05:00
Stage 2 content is all updated on the website:
www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert

PHOTOS - http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/photos-42-2

RESULTS - http://www.4deserts.com/thelastde

STAGE UPDATE - http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates

BLOGS - http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs

Stage 3 is still on schedule for Danko Island to kick off in a few hours time. Can Chema, Isis and the Old Misfits keep their lead? Andrzei Gondek from Poland and James Edwards from the UK are competing for a podium place (currently in 3rd and 4th place respectively having completed the same distance).
Stage 2: Breaking News 3
Wed, 5 November 2014 at 17:19
Today's Stage 2 was relocated to Gonzalez Videla, on the Antarctic mainland, after ice prevented the ship from reaching Damoy Point the planned location for Stage 2. The course was located on a large plateau overlooking penguin colonies with mystical mountain ranges in the distance. The terrain included deep snow which never seemed to flatten making it a very very tough day for all. However, weather conditions were perfect. The winners were Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez of Spain and Isis Breiter of Mexico. Atul Patki said "Outside is beautiful but inside it sucks." Megan Stewart of New Zealand, was her usual polite and positive self and said "I felt like I was having a dream. I couldn't believe were I was." Bruce Walker of Scotland said "Ripper, what a course." All are now safety back on the expedition ship. Results and photos will be posted soon. Tomorrow's Stage 3 is expected to take place on Danko Island.
Stage 2: Breaking News 2
Wed, 5 November 2014 at 06:05
​Stage 1 ended yesterday with Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez or
"Chema" of Spain the first to cross the finish line after approximately 7 hours.
The weather fluctuated from overcast to sunny all day. Bruce Walker
of Scotland ran with a stuffed penguin on his head until he found the wind
made it unbearable and packed away his penguin to sleep. Bruce Walker said
"I had a great day but I will be really disappointed if I don't come in
last place."" Shigeru Watanabe of Japan said "It was a really nice day,
and the best thing I saw was the penguins and the seals." Frederic Asseline
of France said "It was a good day, and dry until the end. (referring to
the wet zodiac boat ride back to the ship). All competitors completed Stage 1. The stage was run on Deception Island, a volcanic Island in Antarctica. Photos from Stage 1 have been posted on the website. Today competitors will head to Damoy Point which is expected to be the longest stage of the event. Stage 2 is expected to begin by 10 am and last until late in the evening.
Stage 2: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 2 will be posted in November 2014.
Stage 3: Breaking News 5
Fri, 7 November 2014 at 01:00
Stage 3 results, blogs, stage update and photos are on the website. Some of the comments on the blogs include:


Belinda Holdsworth " I love Antarctica so much I may move here…"


Megan Stewart "This truly is a once in a lifetime experience."


David Barnard "Another stunning day in paradise, but also another tough stage."


Brett Foote: "There was a huge Gentoo penguin colony so could smell and hear them from everywhere on the course  They are such funny little blokes and are completely unafraid of us!! In fact the are very inquisitive!!"


RESULTS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/results


BLOGS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs


PHOTOS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/photos-42-3


STAGE UPDATE: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates

Stage 3: Breaking News 4
Thu, 6 November 2014 at 19:11
Stage 3 has just concluded with all competitors completing the stage. Stage 3 was on Danko Island and included a steep ascent and long plateau with 360 degree views of Antarctica. The weather was virtually perfect throughout the day which took competitors around seven hours to complete. Competitors could hear the sounds of snow and ice crashing into the sea nearby while penguins jumped from the ocean to join a penguin colony on the island throughout the day. Anthony Brown of the United Kingdom summed up the course by saying "This is character building." Isis Breiter of Mexico captured the women's division and Jose Manuel Martinez Fernandez of Spain again won the overall stage. The 4 Deserts Race Series staff has just returned to the expedition ship and will be updating the website with more news in the next few hours.
Stage 3: Breaking News 3
Thu, 6 November 2014 at 14:02
Stage 3 of The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 that started at 10:21 is in full speed with competitors making great progress on the challenging course. The course was moved slightly to give space for a penguin colony on the west side of the Danko Island. It includes some steep climbs and switch backs until reaching the top of the island with mesmerizing views of the surrounding bays. Competitors have been able to see turquoise ice bergs, seals and penguins on their way to the start line and on the course. Yan Chen of Taiwan said: "I am so lucky to be here with my sons. They are taking a good care of me." The Grand Slam contender Daniel Lewczuk of Poland who had a great start today said: "The course is beautiful, it's so inspiring to be here." Soft snow proved to be challenging in the beginning of the day but the sun has come out making the route hard packed. Spain's Chema Martinez Fernandez is currently in the lead but just 5 minutes behind him is Ralph Crowley of the United States. Isis Breiter of Mexico is still the first woman and Monique Muhlen is keeping the second place.
Stage 3: Breaking News 2
Thu, 6 November 2014 at 08:11
Competitors all slept well last night, and are now up and preparing for Stage 3 which will take place on Danko Island. Today's stage is expected to be on deep snow, and again on a plateau. There are more penguin colonies and the weather forecast is expected to be for favorable conditions. All competitors are still in the race and look great.
Stage 3: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 3 will be posted in November 2014.
Stage 4: Breaking News 4
Fri, 7 November 2014 at 23:00
After leaving Yankie Harbour, the weather deteriorated with winds reaching nearly 50 knots. The expedition ship Plancius changed direction to investigate the other side of Granite Island and Half Moon Bay but were not able to find a safe landing place in the extreme weather conditions. The decision was made to head to King George Island.



Unfortunately landing conditions at King George Island were also impossible and so the ship turned west to Deception Island. Instead of Whalers Bay where Stage 1 took place, M/V Plancius is anchoring at the new location of Telephone Bay where Stage 5 of the race will take place (after Stage 4 was cancelled).



If the weather holds Stage 4 will start at 07:00 on Saturday, 8 November local time(in seven and a half hours) and continue until early in the afternoon.



After the conclusion of Stage 4 the expedition ship will start the long sail back across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.



Competitors took the opportunity to relax and rest today and are now ready for an early night ready for the final Stage.

Stage 4: Breaking News 3
Fri, 7 November 2014 at 11:20
Stage 4 on Yankee Harbor has been suspended due to 40 mile per hour winds. The high winds make it impossible to use the zodiacs which transport competitors back and forth to shore. The expedition ship will now try to relocate back to Half Moon Bay to seek a protected area to proceed with the stage. Competitors are waiting in the lounge for further news.
Stage 4: Breaking News 2
Fri, 7 November 2014 at 08:25
Competitors are now preparing for Stage 4 which has been relocated from Half Moon Bay to Yankee Harbor due to high winds. Today's stage will be flat, but highly exposed to the harsh Antarctic winds. All competitors are in good spirits and looking forward to the long day.
Stage 4: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 4 will be posted in November 2014.
Stage 5: Breaking News 4
Mon, 10 November 2014 at 13:17
The expedition ship is now passing Cape Horn. Competitors had a relatively smooth journey through the night with clever navigation by the ship captain to avoid a fierce storm. Competitors are packing and getting ready for the Award's Banquet tonight where trophies and medals will be awarded. In addition, many will become official members of the 4 Deserts Club and in some cases the 4 Deserts Grand Slam Club. Competitors are very happy, but will be glad to finally be back on the South American continent.
Stage 5: Breaking News 3
Sat, 8 November 2014 at 16:14
Stage 5 has concluded at Telefon Bay in Antarctica with the coldest and windiest stage yet.



Competitors began the stage just after 08:00 and ran on desert-like landscape with seals and penguins by the shore.


All competitors completed the stage around 14:00. The winners were again Jose Manual Martinez Fernandez or "Chema" of Spain for the overall race and Isis Breiter of Mexico for the women.


George Chmiel of the United States ran into the finish line with a US flag, and Olle Chen picked up the Taiwan flag to run in with. Ryan Hill of the United Kingdom ran in with his "Blizzard" stuffed animal. Atul Patki, celebrating his birthday, remarked how his life had been changed forever. He couldn't believe that he was able to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam. Father and son, Mark and Kirk Strathern, both smiled as they received the medals from the expedition leader. Arthur Chu became the first from the Philippines and Sanya Kongmunvattana the first from Thailand to complete the 4 Deserts Race Series and join the 4 Deserts Club.


Many records were broken today. Forty-four new individuals will join the 4 Deserts Club when medals are awarded on the Beagle Channel in two days.


The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2014 has now concluded and competitors are enjoying a celebratory drink in the lounge as they prepare for the long journey back to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Stage 5: Breaking News 2
Sat, 8 November 2014 at 06:30
The course team have landed at Telefon Bay on Deception Island and are setting the course for Stage 5 (after the cancelled Stage 4) of the race. Competitors will start boarding Zodiac boats shortly and start the stage soon afterwards (at approximately 07:00 on Sat, 8 Nov local time).



The weather is currently looking positive, but could change at anytime.



Competitors who complete this stage will receive their medals for the race at the finish line before boarding the expedition ship and heading back across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.


Stage 5: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 5 will be posted in November 2014.
Stage 6: Breaking News 2
Wed, 12 November 2014 at 03:00
The Last Desert 2014 was formally closed last night (Tuesday, 11 November local time) when the M/V Plancius sailed into the Beagle Channel and the Awards Banquet took place on board the expedition ship before continuing to Ushuaia where competitors disembarked to head to their homes around the planet.


Chema Martinez from Spain and Isis Breiter from Mexico were crowned the winners of The Last Desert and 4 Deserts Champions for 2014.


2nd places went to Ralph Crowley of United States and Beatriz Garcia Berche from Spain for the women, while 3rd place was won by James Edwards and Monique Muhlen.


In the team category the Old Misfits took 1st place with 2nd and 3rd places going to Grand Slammers the 3 Amigos and Corre 1km+ respectively (with team members aged 65, 46 and 29).


Megan Stewart from New Zealand was nominated as the receiver of the Spirit Award and Etsuji Otsuka from Japan with the Sportsmanship.


44 competitors from 21 countries were presented with the 4 Deserts medal as they joined the 4 Deserts Club - 19 of whom did so by completing the Grand Slam. And Paul Borlinha became the 3rd person in the world to have completed all 5 races organised by the 4 Deserts Race Series in one year. In total 11 records were set and three new countries are represented in the 4 Deserts Club (Poland, Thailand and the Philippines).


TO REVIEW ALL OF THE FINAL INFORMATION FROM THE RACE GO TO:


PHOTOS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/photos-42-5

RESULTS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/results

BLOGS: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/blogs

STAGE UPDATES: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/stage_updates

FEATURES: http://www.4deserts.com/thelastdesert/features

PRESS RELEASE: http://www.4deserts.com/pressroom-3


This is the last breaking news for The Last Desert 2014.

Stage 6: Breaking News 1
Sat, 1 November 2014 at 08:00
Breaking News for Stage 6 will be posted in November 2014.
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